The Internal Revenue Service is taking the lead on government and industry information sharing. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen announced a new partnership with 20 tax industry groups and 34 states. They've identified 20 new data components that will help the IRS detect and stop identity and refund fraud this coming tax filing season. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko has more about the IRS's role in this new information sharing agreement.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required the Agriculture Department to set new and different standards for school lunches. The food may be healthier, but now USDA faces a new problem: Many students can't stomach the food. So school lunch participation is falling nationally. Kay Brown is the director of education, workforce and income security issues at the Government Accountability Office, which has been tracking USDA's progress. She joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
A big concern for government buyers is the integrity of parts, mainly integrated circuits, sold by electronics manufacturers and distributors. The requirement to ensure supply-chain security was written into the last couple of defense authorization bills. Vince Crisler is a partner at Fortalice Solutions and the CEO of Dark Cubed. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how to implement supply-chain cybersecurity.
Last month, the Government Accountability Office detailed the cybersecurity risks posed by small-business contractors and how they increase the chances for breaches of Defense Department agencies. GAO recommended the department's Office of Small Business Programs provide cybersecurity education to its small-business partners. But do smaller contractors in fact pose a higher risk, or is that just a common misconception? Maria Horton is the CEO of EmeSec. Her recent blog post for Signal Magazine had several pieces of advice for small contractors.
The annual Defense authorization bill Congress is about to send to President Barack Obama contains dozens of provisions intended to reform the DoD acquisition system. But Capitol Hill’s top two Defense legislators say that's only the beginning. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on their plans for next year.
In Wednesday's Federal Headlines, the House passes a bill that supporters say will help streamline DHS to ensure better policy and management efforts since the agency has so many moving parts.
Consolidation of PC buying and category management have their antecedents in last century's Air Force IDIQs.
Federal scientists feel there's too much political influence at their agencies. That's according to a survey of 7,000 scientists at four federal agencies recently conducted by the Center for Science and Democracy. Paul Souza is the assistant director for science applications at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an agency perspective on these survey results.
Federal technology managers are going to Silicon Valley to look for experts who can help agencies catch up in the digital realm. Anyone who's looked at a federal website recently knows the need is there. But government work is no easy sell. Joe Castle recently found that out. He's putting together the new digital-services team at the General Services Administration. He tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp he needs to hire just seven people.
In Tuesday's Federal Headlines, federal spending on the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice declined from 2014 to 2015. Overall spending increased, however, by nearly $184 billion.
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program has dragged on for nearly a decade, with bidders spending millions and millions just for run-off prototypes. No wonder there's a protest.
NASA has announced a new opportunity for start-up technology companies to get a head start. Daniel Lockney is the technology transfer program executive at NASA headquarters. He tells Federal News Radio's Eric White how the agency hopes to give start-ups a boost.
Agencies are no longer allowed to buy computers from any contract they want. The Office of Management and Budget is mandating agencies use one of three contracts going forward for most laptop and desktop purchases. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on OMB’s new policy.
The annual Doughboy Award recognizes infantrymen for their outstanding contributions to the U.S. Army infantry. It's also the highest honor bestowed by the Chief of Infantry. Ret. Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger is an aircraft design liaison at Bell Helicopter, and one of three winners of this year's award. He told Federal Drive host Tom Temin more about what winning the Doughboy means.